Throughout five seasons of The Vampire Diaries, we’ve had to say a few fond farewells, though the goodbyes have begun to slow down recently. Death, it seems, has become a non-permanent state — and Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) and Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) are not too happy about it.
“I want them to start killing people,” Paul told BuzzFeed’s Jarett Wieselman at The CW’s upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday, May 15. “It kind of drives me insane that they don’t. You can’t keep killing characters and bringing them back while using death as a catalyst for us caring about the episode. Death has to the be ultimate fear on our show, so when Stefan is trying to rescue Elena, we’re genuinely terrified she might die. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
Nina echoed her pal’s sentiments, telling the site, “In the beginning, the shock value of killing Vicki [Kayla Ewell] in the first few episodes made us stand out. As soon as you start bringing people back, you kinda lose that. I mean, it’s great for me, personally, because I get to hang out with my friends, but from a story standpoint, now you don’t care or believe when someone dies because you’ve seen how easily they can come back. The witches can always fix it, somehow. It’s been six years, so I think it would be good to go down the list and cross them off.”
Going into tonight’s Season 5 finale — Season 5, Episode 22 (“Home”) — we’ve been warned that there would be three permanent deaths, and we’ve been speculating about them ever since. With the Other Side collapsing, this could be a prime chance for the show to shock us all. One character, at least, is braced for the change.
“I’m kind of numb to these things, to be honest with you. I’ve had so many things happen to me that it’s a little comical. So, yeah, no big deal,” Paul joked about his current state of death. “Obviously, if they kill me, I would be disappointed. But people need to die. End of story.”
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The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.